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Catfight to the finish
Surajeet Das Gupta & Abhilasha Ojha |
August 01, 2006 16:14 IST
Continuing the feature on Bollywood 2006, we look at top heroines, each facing tremendous odds this eventful year.
Last year, she ruled Bollywood with a critically acclaimed performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black, and as Babli to Abhishek Bachchan's Bunty in Shaad Ali's blockbuster -- also the year's biggest grosser. This year, she has Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Baabul (with Amitabh Bachchan) as her big releases, but will have competition from Aishwarya Rai, who is back in Bollywood after a hiatus.
Rai's Bollywood success owes a lot to Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas). She went on to deliver some duds, even though she won critical acclaim in movies like Raincoat and soon-to-be-reeased Provoked. She warmed 2005 with a sizzling item song (Kajrare) last year, and is back in the reckoning with Dhoom 2 and the remake of Muzzafar Ali's classic Umrao Jaan. Will Bollywood's import to Hollywood still rule in 2006?
Of her six movies last year, only Bluffmaster and Waqt did above average business. This year, she has started off with flak for her performance in the super-hit Krrish. She's got Don with King Khan, where she keeps Kareena Kapoor company, but still needs a powerful performance to elevate her to the top position.
Salaam Namaste raked in Rs 29 crore to become the fifth highest grosser of 2005. Earlier, Veer Zaara did better with Rs 41 crore in the domestic market alone, but it was Rani Mukherji who walked away with all the accolades. It's now up to Zinta to recover lost ground in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Jaan-e-man.
The semi-retired actress was last seen in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Her return with Fanaa has been one of the reasons for the film's success, but she's unlikely to enter the rat-race full time.
A listless 2005 has made way for Don and Omkara in 2006. Though expectations from both movies are high, Kareena will have to share screen space with Priyanka Chopra (Don) and Konkona Sen Sharma (Omkara), indicating a struggle to gain a foothold in the list of toppers.
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